9781569245019

A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore

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    9781569245019

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    1569245010

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-12-31
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press

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Summary

In A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore, esteemed novelist and folklorist Harold Courlander brings together another extensive and unique collection of tales, recollections, epics, traditions, beliefs, myths, historical chronicles, and songs, this time from the numerous black cultures of the New World. This remarkable exploration, which covers the unwritten traditions and literature of the Spanish-, French-, and English-speaking islands of the Caribbean, the areas of Central and South America inhabited by people of African descent, and the black communities of the United States, brings to light amazing tales of scoundrels, heroes, rollicking adventures, and friendship, descriptions of cult life around which many traditions and beliefs flowed, insight into the social scene in places where black and white ideas intermingled and became Afro-American, and much more. With a focus on the interconnectedness of cultural inheritances throughout the Afro-American region as well as the local divergences, A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore eloquently demonstrates the powerful cultural influence of Africa on this side of the Atlantic. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Africa's Mark in the Western Hemisphere
1(7)
The Inheritance in Cuba
8(1)
Some Yoruba Legends in Cuba
9(1)
The Distribution of the Orishas' Powers
10(1)
Olofin Punishes Babaluaye
11(1)
Ogun Traps Orumbila
12(1)
Why Obatala Trembles at the River
13(1)
Shango Looks For His Father
14(1)
Obatala's Yams
15(1)
Lucumi (Yoruba) Liturgical Music in Cuba
16(1)
Two Liturgical Songs of the Lucumi
17(1)
Lucumi Dance-Song for Eleggua (Legba)
17(1)
Lucumi Dance-Song for Ogun
18(2)
Rites of the Abakwa Secret Society
20(1)
An Abakwa Initiation
21(2)
Abakwa Drumming
23(1)
Some Passages from Abakwa Songs
24(2)
Haitian Religious Traditions: Vodoun
26(5)
A Hounfor Seen at the Turn of the Century
31(1)
Two Vodoun Rituals
32(1)
Service For Agwe, God of the Sea
32(3)
The Degradation Ceremony
35(8)
Two Haitian Drum Rhythms
43(1)
Kitta Mouille, or ``Wet'' Kitta
43(2)
Ibo Dance
45(1)
Haiti's Political Songs: Comments on the Mighty
46(13)
Haitian Tales: Gods, Tricksters and Others
59(2)
Nananbouclou and the Piece of Fire
61(1)
The Voyage Below the Water
62(2)
Merisier, Stronger than the Elephants
64(2)
Jean Britisse, the Champion
66(3)
Charles Legoun and his Friend
69(1)
The Singing Tortoise
70(2)
Bouki and Ti Malice Go Fishing
72(1)
Baptizing the Babies
73(1)
Bouki and Ti Bef
74(1)
Uncle Bouki Gets Whee-Ai
74(1)
Haitian Animal Tales
75(1)
Who is the Older?
75(1)
The Dogs Pay a Visit to God
76(1)
Frog, Chief of the Well
76(2)
The Lizard Bocor
78(1)
The Creole Language
79(1)
Removing a Loa from the Head of a Person Who Has Died
80(2)
Brother Ledan's Return
82(1)
Calls of the Haitian Street Vendors
83(2)
Some Haitian Proverbs
85(1)
Some Haitian Riddles
85(1)
Negro Song Poetry in Puerto Rico
86(1)
When They Start the Fire
87(1)
There are Many Negroes Here
88(1)
When the White Man Plays the Drum
88(1)
The Black Amelia
88(1)
When a Negro goes to a Dance
88(1)
A Black Man Stole a Chicken
89(1)
Four Tales From Guadeloupe
89(1)
Woy, Who Knows?
89(1)
Why People Do Not Live Again After Death
90(1)
Oh, Misery!
91(1)
Rabbit Seeks Wisdom
92(1)
Two Old Slave Songs from Carriacou
93(1)
The Bamboula Dance, Myth and Reality
94(2)
Preacher Tales in the Caribbean
96(1)
The Responsive Congregation
96(1)
The Parson's Beard
97(1)
Whatsoever in Thy Bosom
97(1)
The Hymn
97(1)
Pack of Cards
97(1)
The Parson's Hog
98(1)
Come In or Stay Out
98(1)
My Name First
99(1)
West Indian Calypso
100(3)
Small Island
103(1)
Bamboo Dance
104(2)
Subway Train
106(1)
Dorothy, One Morning
107(1)
My Donkey Want Water
107(1)
Matilda
108(2)
So Them Bad Minded
110(1)
Stickman
111(1)
All Day, All Night, Merriam
112(1)
Some Tales with African Themes from the English-Speaking Islands
112(1)
The Three Companions
112(1)
Tar Baby: Eavesdropper: Without Scratching
113(2)
Magic Flight
115(3)
The Things that Talked
118(1)
Tales of Cuckolds and Rakes
119(1)
Man from God
119(1)
Frightened Sweetheart
119(1)
Husband in the Bag
120(1)
Tom Bell
121(1)
Charge the Engineer
122(2)
Others Tales from the English-Speaking Islands
124(1)
Back in the Same Hole
124(1)
Fishing on Sunday
124(1)
She Sends for Her Husband
125(1)
The Cruel Friend
126(1)
Only One Mouthful
127(1)
Jamaican Alphabet Game
128(1)
One Bright Summer Morning
129(1)
Some Ballads from the Bahamas
130(1)
The Sinking of the Pytoria
131(6)
The Burning of Curry Camp
137(3)
Cecil Lost in the Storm
140(3)
African-Derived Religious Motifs in Jamaica
143(3)
Kumina Bailo Song
146(1)
The Ras Tafari Movement in Jamaica
147(11)
About the Maroons of Jamaica
158(1)
Quadrille and Polka in Accompong
159(2)
Two Tales from Accompong
161(1)
Fowl and Cockroach
161(1)
Horse and Turtle
162(1)
Some Trinidadian Healing Remedies
163(7)
Song of a Household Slave in Mexico
170(1)
The Black Caribs of British Honduras
171(1)
As They Were Seen in the Year 1700
172(1)
The Black Caribs Today
173(3)
A Black Carib Tale of the Constellations
176(1)
Black Carib Rituals
177(1)
The Amuiadahani Rite
178(1)
The Cugu Rite
178(1)
The Dogo Rite
179(1)
Ceremonies, Songs and Dances
180(6)
Possession by Ancestral Spirits
186(2)
Some Black Carib Proverbs
188(1)
Surinam: Coast People and Bush Negroes
189(2)
On the Capture and Transport of Slaves
191(2)
On Their Languages, Music and Customs
193(4)
On the Conditions of Slavery
197(3)
A Surinam Obeahman
200(1)
A Free Negro's Retort
201(1)
On Some Rebel Chiefs and Their Villages
202(1)
Musical Instruments and Dances
202(3)
Djuka Song from the Surinam Bush
205(1)
Some Proverbs of the Saramacca Bush-Negroes of Surinam
205(1)
Lobi Singi from Paramaribo
206(3)
Some Surinam Tales
209(1)
Why Cat and Dog are Enemies
210(1)
Dog Asks for a New Name
210(1)
Why Dog Goes About Naked
211(1)
Dog's Riddle
211(1)
Grudging Hospitality
211(1)
The Feast on the Mountain and the Feast Under the Water
212(1)
Tables Turned: Cockroach Revenged on Anansi
213(1)
Giants Cure Boastfulness
213(1)
Spreading the Fingers
214(1)
The Fastidious Go Hungry
215(1)
The Preacher Traps a Thief
215(1)
The Devil Complains
216(1)
Broken Pledge: All Things Talk
216(1)
Trespassing on the Devil's Land
216(2)
Three Party Songs from Guyana
218(2)
Four Afro-Venezuelan Tales
220(1)
The Man, the Snake and the Fox
220(2)
The Swordfish
222(2)
The Woman, the Giant and the Vulture
224(1)
The Rooster, the Goat and the Dog
225(1)
The Afro-Venezuelan Mampulorio
226(3)
The Myth of Maria Lionza
229(2)
Three Afro-Venezuelan Songs
231(1)
Brazil: The Palmares Story
232(2)
African Religious Survivals in Brazil
234(3)
Ketu Ceremony Honoring the Deity Yansan
237(2)
Some Brazilian Cult Songs to Yoruba Deities
239(3)
Melody of a Brazilian Cult Song
242(1)
A Cult Festival, as Reported in the Press
243(2)
Some Words of African Origin in Brazilian-Portuguese Speech
245(1)
The Man Who Took a Water Mother for His Bride
246(2)
Brazil: The Way of Batucada
248(1)
Voice of the Backstreets
249(1)
In Batista's Street
250(1)
Why Do You Cry?
250(1)
I Will Reform
250(1)
I Will Go Away
251(1)
Unfortunate Vagrant
252(1)
I Went to the Hill
252(1)
Where I Met You
252(1)
I go to Lisbon
253(1)
The Sun is Setting
253(1)
You Want to Break Me
253(1)
Sad Destiny
253(1)
Afro-American Lore, Oral Literature and Folk Music in the United States
254(1)
The Question of Survivals
255(2)
Black, Afro-American or Negro?
257(1)
The Matter of Vernacular
258(1)
The Situation of the Blacks as Seen by Nineteenth Century Chroniclers
259(1)
Frederika Bremer's Impressions
259(5)
As Frederick Law Olmstead Saw the Slave States
264(11)
Frances Anne Kemble on the Selling of Slaves
275(5)
Epitaph of a Slave
280(1)
Traditions and Recollections in the Sea Islands
281(8)
The Bilali Document
289(1)
The Gullah Speech of the Coastal Region
290(6)
Three Tales in Gullah Dialect
296(1)
Buh Rabbit and Buh Wolf Go Hunting
296(1)
Buh Deer and Buh Snail have a Race
297(1)
Playing Dead in the Road
297(1)
Uncle Remus Confronted by the Coastal Dialect
298(1)
Sea Island Riddles
299(2)
Spirituals and Religious Epics
301(41)
As the Spirituals are Sung
342(1)
Wake Up Jonah
342(2)
Job, Job
344(1)
Rock Chariot
345(1)
King David
346(2)
When Jesus Met the Woman at the Well
348(1)
Wonder Where is My Brother Gone
349(1)
From the Pulpit
350(1)
Sermon: Is God With Us?
350(1)
John Jasper's Sermon on the Sun
351(8)
Sermon: Behold the Rib
359(2)
Sermon: The Poor-Rich and the Rich-Poor
361(4)
The Religious Shout
365(3)
Run Old Jeremiah
368(2)
On The Making of Songs
370(1)
Bo-Cat
371(2)
Richard Creeks on Songmaking
373(10)
Evolution of a Plantation Song
383(1)
The John Henry Epic
383(9)
Some Traditional Black Ballads
392(1)
The Ballad of Louis Collins
393(1)
Frankie and Albert
394(2)
Casey Jones
396(2)
Betty and Dupree
398(2)
Poor Lazarus
400(2)
The Sinking of the Titanic
402(3)
Worksongs: Road Gangs and Prison Camps
405(1)
Don't You Hear My Hammer Ringing
405(2)
Lost John
407(2)
Here Rattler Here
409(2)
Grizzly Bear
411(1)
Captain Holler Hurry
412(1)
Some Miscellaneous Old Beliefs
413(1)
A Mississippi Sharecropper, 1954
414(5)
Recollections of Old Master and John
419(1)
Old Boss, John, and the Mule
420(2)
Old Boss and George
422(1)
Old Master and Okra
423(2)
Old Master and the Bear
425(1)
Cussing Out Old Master
425(2)
John Calls on the Lord
427(2)
John Saves Old Master's Children
429(1)
Conversation about a Slave
429(1)
John Steals a Pig and a Sheep
430(1)
Baby in the Crib
431(1)
The Yearling
431(1)
Old Marster Eats Crow
432(1)
John Praying
432(1)
The Mojo
432(1)
The Single Ball
433(1)
The Champion
434(2)
Old Master and John go Hunting
436(1)
John's Watch
436(1)
The Ducks Get the Cotton
437(1)
John Sharecrops for Old Boss
438(2)
John in Jail
440(1)
The Horsefly
440(1)
John and the Blacksnake
441(1)
Plantation Proverbs
442(2)
Justice, Injustice and Ghosts in the Swamps of the Congaree
444(1)
Judge Foolbird
444(1)
The Settin' Up
445(1)
The Little Old Man on the Gray Mule
445(2)
The Lake of the Dead
447(1)
Murder Vs. Liquor
448(1)
Old Dictodemus
449(1)
Old Man Rogan
450(1)
The Yellow Crane
451(2)
Ruint
453(1)
Churches, Preachers, and Deacons
454(1)
Devil in Church
454(1)
Preacher and the Devil
455(3)
What the Preacher's Talking About
458(1)
The Bear Fight
459(1)
Human Weakness
459(2)
The Card Game
461(1)
John and the Bear
461(1)
Go Down Below
462(1)
Balaam's Ass
463(1)
Fattening the Calf
464(2)
Testing Wits: Buh Rabbit, Buh Fox, and Other Creatures
466(1)
Brer Coon Gets His Meat
467(2)
Brer Rabbit in the Well
469(2)
Terrapin's Pot of Sense
471(1)
Buh Rabbit's `Gator Fry
472(2)
Buh Buzzard and Salvation
474(1)
Rail Fence
475(1)
The Magic Hoe
476(1)
Between Two Dinners
477(1)
Catching the Snake and the Yellowjackets
478(1)
Terrapin Shows His Strength
479(3)
Testing Wits: Human Vs. Demon
482(1)
Wiley and the Hairy Man
482(5)
Moralizing Tales
487(1)
The Dying Bullfrog
487(1)
Buh Raccoon and Buh Possum
488(1)
Two Friends and the Bear
488(1)
The Eagle and His Children
488(1)
Chanticleer and the Barnyard Rooster
489(1)
Buh Lion and Buh Goat
490(1)
Buh Turkey Buzzard and the Rain
490(1)
Buh Fox Says Grace
491(1)
Knee-High Man wants to be Sizable
491(1)
Reform Meeting
492(1)
Buh Fox's Number Nine Shoes
493(2)
The Well
495(2)
The Beginning of Things
497(1)
Origin of the Races, According to Uncle Remus
497(1)
The Deluge, According to Uncle Remus
498(2)
Some Familiar Proverbs
500(1)
An Alabama Storyteller and Bard
501(1)
Chicago and Rome
502(1)
River, Creek, Sun, Moon
502(1)
The Draft Board
503(1)
The Visit to Dr. Readys
503(1)
Excerpt From an Amerson Street Corner Sermon
504(1)
The Tub with the Ancient Antecedents
505(1)
The Carolina Yell and Other Cries and Calls
506(5)
Blues
511(2)
About Women
513(4)
Homesick, Broke and Far from Home
517(1)
Jails and County Farms
518(5)
Two Free-Form Blues
523(6)
Boasting and Big Old Lies
529(3)
Richard Creeks on Conjuring and Doctoring
532(1)
Some Ring and Line Games from Alabama
533(9)
African Dancing in New Orleans
542(2)
``Voodoo'' Rituals in New Orleans
544(2)
Congo Square
546(3)
Creole Tales from Louisiana
549(1)
The Irishman and the Frogs
549(1)
The Marriage of Compere Lapin
549(7)
Three Creole Ballads
556(3)
New Orleans Superstitions
559(6)
Some Creole Proverbial Wisdom
565(1)
Appendixes 566(36)
Bibliography 602(9)
Index 611

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